Killer Burton assaulted in jail
Double murderer Graeme Burton was assaulted at Auckland Prison on Friday morning.
Burton shocked the nation by going on a deadly rampage in the Lower Hutt bush in 2007, soon after being freed from prison.
Department of Corrections chief custodial officer Neil Beales said officers reacted immediately to bring the Friday morning incident under control.
‘‘The prisoner has been taken to hospital by ambulance for medical treatment,’’ Beales said.
‘‘His condition is not life threatening.’’
Police had been informed and were investigating and Corrections would also carry out an investigation into the incident.
‘‘Violence is never acceptable and all prisoners who resort to this behaviour will be held to account.’’
He said more than 75 per cent of the prison population had convictions for violence in their offending histories, and gang members are disproportionately identified as responsible for assaults in prison.
‘‘The prisoners involved in this incident are gang affiliated,’’ Beales said.
‘‘We are constantly working to achieve the safest environment possible for staff and prisoners.’’
Auckland Prison is New Zealand’s only maximum security facility.
It accommodates some of the country’s most difficult and challenging inmates.
A new $300m facility at the prison is due to open this year.
A police spokesperson said they were notified at about 9.35 on Friday morning that a prisoner had been assaulted.
Double-killer Graeme Burton has been assaulted at Auckland Prison.